ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Shafali Verma blitzkrieg propels India into semis!
Image Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement unj8zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsi5gqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8thg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5ulfkWould you ever consider trying this?😱bwyCan your students do this? 🌚5s11Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian Women cricket team are on a stunning win streak in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, now extending to their third consecutive Group stage victory today against New Zealand women. Today’s match at the Junction Oval in St Kilda saw another blistering performance from the sensational young opener Shafali Verma, and a competitive defence from the Indian bowling squad secured a close 4 runs victory.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIAs New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first, the Women in Blue openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma marched to the pitch to start their innings. While Mandhana (11-off-8) has not been able to find her charm in this tournament, it was the stage for Verma to pull of another jaw-dropping performance.The 16 year old, who has been in top finesse this world cup, scored a swashbuckling 46 runs from 34 balls, including four boundaries and three over boundaries. The teenage run machine kept going till the 14th over, until losing her wicket against Kiwi youngster Amelia Kerr. Indian wicket keeper Taniya Bhatia was impressive on the pitch with her 25-ball-23.Advertisement Unfortunately, it was another lacklustre performance from Harmanpreet Kaur. The Indian skipper suffered another early dismissal, getting caught and bowled by Leigh Kasperek on just 1 run.Chasing a target of 134, the top order of the NZ women were overpowered by the collective effort of the Indian bowlers, led by the in form Poonam Yadav, who secured the wicket of Kiwis captain Sophie Devine. Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Radha Yadav all picked one each.Advertisement Kerr, who picked up two wickets in the first innings, landed in a quick 34-off-19 towards the end of the chase. However, the 19 year old’s efforts went in vain as New Zealand were just 4 runs off from the target with no more balls left.“Happy with how things went. I hope to keep providing a good start to the Indian team. There were not easy runs, I converted the bad balls and played for singles, doubles until then,” Verma, the player of the match, spoke in the post match interview.“All I’ve done and achieved is courtesy my father, academy and the support and the practice I have had.” the startling batswoman added.With 6 clean points from three games, India has their route set for the semis, to be played on 5th March. Their next and final group stage match is against Sri Lanka this Saturday at the Junction Oval.Also read-See which Indian cricketing legends Harsha Bhogle just compared Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma with! Advertisement